ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who will be hosting the 89th Academy Awards this year, shared how he is preparing for the show in an interview that aired today on Good Morning America.

Kimmel, who has hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live for 14 years, is a veteran awards show host. He has hosted the American Music Awards five times, the Emmy Awards twice, and the ESPYs once.

This is the first time, however, that he will host the Oscars. “It’s funny because you’d think it would be the same. You walk on stage. You tell some jokes. You try to stay loose and lively throughout the broadcast. You try to stay involved,” the comedian said. “But people keep reminding you that it’s the Oscars and that there are three times as many people watching, and that it’s the most important awards show.”

Kimmel admitted that he is even studying past Oscar hosts for tips. “I know it sounds like I’m being nice but I thought everyone did at least a good job, and some of them did great jobs hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel said. “And that actually makes it worse for me because what I would’ve loved is if the last 14 Oscar hosts had bombed miserably. That’s my dream, get in a time machine and go back and ruin the Oscars for all those hosts,” Kimmel joked.

Kimmel revealed that he was being paid $15,000 to host the Oscars, but added that “between, like, the tuxedo, and the dress for my daughter, and tuxedo for my son, and my parents, and the limos, and all that stuff, there’s no doubt I lose money on this deal.”

“This is a very bad investment,” Kimmel said jokingly, adding, “We don’t do this for the money. We do this for the love of giving awards to strangers,” he said. “We do this because we love to present baubles to millionaires.”

Kimmel said that his wife, Molly, will be helping him write his jokes and will also be backstage working with him throughout the night.

He added that he originally wanted to give Meryl Streep a “real pony” to celebrate her 20th nomination, but his wife ended up vetoing that idea.

“At first, she thought, ‘Oh, yeah, I could, I could probably hold a pony on a leash for three hours,'” Kimmel said. “And then I think she came to her senses and decided that was not a good idea.”

Kimmel also said that he was not looking forward to seeing his “arch enemy.”

“Unfortunately, we will see Matt Damon,” Kimmel said. “I have to look at his face in the audience. Odds are I’m gonna say something. He’s my arch enemy, really. I mean, if the Joker and the Batman were face to face, there would be some kind of a standoff and I would imagine that that will be the same for this,” Kimmel said of Damon, who has been nominated as a producer of Manchester by the Sea.

“I don’t want the film to lose,” Kimmel added. “I want him to lose.”

Kimmel and Damon have actually been good friends for years, appearing in skits together on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where they go to couples therapy or pull pranks on each other.

Kimmel added that he hopes the audience enjoys the awards show and that he will watch the show after.

“After the Oscars, I’m going to go home and I’m going watch the broadcast,” Kimmel joked. “And I’m going see who was clapping and who was laughing. And more importantly, who was not. And I vow to destroy those people, for the rest of my days … I will not relent until they are out of show business.”

The 89th Academy Awards will air on Sunday on ABC.

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Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”; Lucasfilm, 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Amid complaints from actresses like Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence over pay inequality between them and their male co-stars, there’s now a bright spot for women in Hollywood — we’re seeing more women as protagonists in big-screen productions.

Recent hit films films like Arrival, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Moana, Hidden Figures, Bad Moms, and The Girl on the Train are proving that female characters can also equal big box office bucks.

Variety cites a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University that finds women accounted for 29 percent of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016 — a seven-percent rise from 2015 and what Variety calls a “recent historical high.”

Females also hit historical highs in ensemble casts, making up 37 percent of major characters in the most popular films — a three-percentage point jump from the previous year, according to the study. Female protagonists were most likely to appear in comedies, dramas, horror films, animated features and science fiction films. They were least likely to show up in action films.

Even so, the percentage of female characters in speaking roles remained virtually the same, and males still dominate the big screen by a two-to-one margin. The trend also didn’t help female filmmakers, who comprised just seven percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016. That’s actually down slightly from the levels achieved in 2015 and in 1998.

Likewise, the numbers didn’t translate into more racial diversity, with roles for black and Asian female characters up just slightly, and Latina character dipping in 2016.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Moonlight goes into Sunday’s Oscars tied for the second-highest number of nominations, with eight — including one for Naomie Harris. The British actress is up for best supporting actress for her portrayal of the main character Chiron’s mother, but she’ll be walking the red carpet with her own mom.

“She has always been my champion,” Harris tells ABC News. “She has always believed in me more than I’ve ever believed in myself. She’s always said that I could do, have, and be anything that I want to be. And that is an incredibly powerful message to give a child.”

Harris will have some stiff competition in her category, including Viola Davis, the favorite to win for Fences. Though it may be cliché, Harris says she feels like she’s already won.

“Just to be included, you know to be included amongst these extraordinary talented individuals, and so many of them that I’ve admired for decades and looked up and seen their work and there I am standing alongside them,” she says.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday night on ABC.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Oscar Sunday is just a few days away, and a couple of favorites to walk home with statuettes are Fences director and star Denzel Washington and La La Land director Damien Chazelle. While directing any feature film is a challenge, Chazelle tells ABC News he faced a six-year battle just trying to get La La Land made, a struggle that even had him second-guessing himself.

“I had just been hearing the word ‘no.’ No, no one wants to see that, no one would ever go pay for that, why do you want to make this, this is a waste of time,'” Best Director nominee Chazelle recalls. “So I think those phrases were still circling through my mind even when the movie was done.”

However, the movie’s 14 Oscar nods proved what Chazelle had suspected all along: “Actually I think musicals are more universal than we think…But they’ve gotten on, like there’s a reputation, or preconception about musicals that I wanted to try and shoot down with this movie.”

Fences is a Best Picture contender, but Washington — a two-time Oscar-winning for acting — tells ABC that he wasn’t sure about making the movie until he did the play, explaining, “We had the most nominations, I think, in the history of the Tony Awards for a play, obviously great success, Viola [Davis] won, I won, best revival all that. So I knew OK, it works. Now, can I work as its director is the question.”

To that end, Washington says he was helped by the talented directors with whom he’s worked in the past. “I’ve learned from Jonathan Demme and Norman Jewison, Richard Attenborough, Ridley Scott,” Washington says. “I’ve learned taken and stolen from everybody. The greatest directors.”

The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, air Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — Right now, Jimmy Kimmel is focused on hosting the Academy Awards on Sunday night, but he also has his sights on 2019, when his late-nigh TV hosting contract is up. That might spell the end of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, according to the host.

Speaking to Variety, the comedian says he’s considered retiring from his show when his contract is finished, adding, “I want to go out on my own terms. If we ever feel like we’re repeating ourselves, I think it’s a good indication that it’s time.”

Variety notes that the landscape has changed in the 14 years he’s spent on late-night TV, with growing competition from Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert making it a dog-eat-dog world during the late-night hours.

But if Kimmel does retire, what would he do with his time? “I like to draw. I like to make sculptures,” he tells Variety. “I’d like to write a book at some point. Doing the show every day doesn’t leave time for that.”

As for whether or not he’d host the Oscars again, he notes, “I’m just going to focus on the one and see how it goes. It’s funny, because part of the reason I was asked to do this is because the Emmys went well. If I do really well, I’m just going to have to do it again.”

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David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Netflix(PARIS) — George Clooney is opening up about becoming a first-time dad.

Speaking to the French publication Paris Match, the 55-year-old actor says expecting twins with wife Amal Clooney is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

“How could I not be anxious when facing this huge responsibility? Having a baby… And actually two!” he says. “We are very happy, very excited, but also a bit nervous. It’s normal.”

He also comments on reports about the gender of the twins, saying they’re actually keeping that a surprise.

“There are rumors that we are going to have a boy and a girl; I don’t know where this is coming from,” he says. “We don’t know yet and we don’t want to know.”

Clooney also appeared on the French TV program Recontres de Cinema, where he called impending fatherhood “an adventure” that he’s embracing “with arms wide open.”

He says after he informed his friends — who all have grown children — that Amal was expecting twins, they teased him a bit.

“[It] got really quiet, and they all just started making baby crying noises,” he says. “And the whole table just busted up laughing.”

George is receiving an honorary award at the Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, on February 24.

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Courtesy Disney/LucasfilmToday, Star Wars shared the first official cast shot from as-of-yet-untitled Han Solo movie, set for release in 2018.

The picture features Alden Ehrenreich, who will play Solo; Donald Glover, set to play a young Lando Calrissian; Woody Harrelson as Garris Shrike; and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Emilia Clarke and others are also in the shot, but their roles in the film are not yet clear.

Not present is Westworld actress Thandie Newton, who has also been cast, but her role remains under wraps as well.

“The movie will explore the duo’s [Han and Chewbacca] adventures before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian,” an official release for the film states.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from The Lego Movie fame are directing the standalone film. It follows in the footsteps of the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, which was released this past December.

The untitled Han Solo film is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

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David BornfriendThe 69th annual Writers Guild Awards took place at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on Sunday night, with Moonlight and Arrival taking top film honors, and The Americans, Saturday Night Live, Last Week With John Oliver and Atlanta winning on the TV side.

Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney took the Original Screenplay honor, while Eric Heisserer won the trophy for Adapted Screenplay, for Arrival.

TV Awards went to FX’s The Americans for Drama Series, while HBO’s Atlanta received Comedy Series and New Comedy Series wins. Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schnidt grabbed the Episodic Comedy honor and NBC’s This Is Us won for Episodic Drama.

HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won best Comedy/Variety Talk Series and NBC’s Saturday Night Live won Comedy/Variety Sketch Series.

Here are the winners in the film and TV categories:

FILM
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Moonlight

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Author: The JT LeRoy Story

TV
DRAMA SERIES

The Americans

COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta

NEW SERIES
Atlanta

LONG-FORM ORIGINAL
Confirmation

LONG-FORM ADAPTED
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

EPISODIC DRAMA
This Is Us

EPISODIC COMEDY
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) — SERIES
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Saturday Night Live

COMEDY/VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES — SPECIALS
Triumph’s Election Special

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Hollywood Game Night

DAYTIME DRAMA
General Hospital

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC
Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street

CHILDREN’S LONG FORM
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

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Angelina Jolie during a press conference in Cambodia for her new film “First They Killed My Father”; TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie has kept a low profile the past several months, in the wake of her split from husband Brad Pitt. But Saturday, she made a public appearance in Cambodia for the world premiere of her latest Netflix film, First They Killed My Father. And during an interview with ABC News partners the BBC, the 41-year-old actress and filmmaker also discussed her highly-publicized divorce.

“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say that it was a very difficult time,” said Jolie. “And we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.”

Jolie noted that she’s coping with the divorce by focusing on her children, explaining, “We are and forever will be a family,” adding that she’s “finding a way through to make sure this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

As for the future, Jolie says, “In five years’ time, I would like to be traveling around the world visiting my children, hoping that they’re just happy and doing really interesting things, I imagine, in many different parts of the world. And I’ll be supporting them.”

Pitt, 53, and Jolie reached a child custody agreement last fall that entitles Jolie oversight of their six children –- Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, about the Khmer Rouge’s genocide, is set to premiere later this year on Netflix.

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Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) — One-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy has revealed to People that he’s battling dementia. The 66-year-old entertainer, whose grandfather and mother also were stricken with the memory-loss disease, tells the magazine of his diagnosis, “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.”

Earlier this month, Cassidy announced via his official website that he planned to retire from touring at the end of this year.

He tells People that he now has come to accept his illness. Moving forward, he says “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life.”

Cassidy was one of the biggest pop stars in the world in the 1970s, selling around arenas around the globe, his success driven by his role as singing teen Keith Partridge on the TV series The Partridge Family. He’s had a rocky time during the last several years, having been arrested for driving under the influence in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and filing for bankruptcy in 2015. That same year, he was charged in a hit-and-run accident. David also made news this past weekend when fan-shot video surfaced of him slurring his words and struggling to remember lyrics during a concert in Agoura Hills, California.

Cassidy has three confirmed shows on his upcoming schedule — March 3 in Greenwich, Rhode Island; March 4 in New York City; and June 11 in Mentor, Ohio.

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